By Tiffany Floyd, Air Quality Division Administrator, Idaho DEQ
Over the past several months, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has seen an increase in public concern regarding fugitive dust emissions.
Fugitive dust emissions are regulated under the “Rules for Control of Air Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01). These dust emissions are particulate matter that becomes airborne from activities such as moving dirt at construction sites, demolition activities, and traffic on unpaved surfaces.
Under certain conditions, fugitive dust emissions can impact public health, especially dust particles less than ten micrometers in diameter. Due to their small size, these particulates can get deep into your lungs and contribute to respiratory illness, lung damage, and even premature death in sensitive individuals.
There are several ways to prevent and control these emissions, and DEQ works closely with local officials and business owners to address these matters.
Preventing Fugitive Dust Emissions
Controlling Fugitive Dust Emissions
Contact your local DEQ regional office for further assistance or questions at www.deq.idaho.gov.